November, 2011

Gratitude in Leadership: When Gratefulness Fuels Giving

C-Level Strategies

My first real experience with leadership was in college when I was named Vice-President of the Indiana University Student Foundation , the largest student foundation in the country.

10 Essential Steps To Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

Every successful leader gets this question posed to them at one time or another: “How did you do it?”

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Good Leaders Will Always Frustrate You

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post from Jeff Goins. Jeff is a writer, speaker, and blogger. Jeff has also become a friend and I’ve enjoyed the times to hang out with him. He’s a sharp young mind you should get to know. You can find him on Twitter (@jeffgoins) or on Facebook.

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Leadership & Curiosity

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Have you ever noticed how the best leaders also tend to be the most curious leaders? Great leaders simply aren’t satisfied with what they know.

Seven Simple Ways to Subtly Influence Others

Kevin Eikenberry

It had been a long day of work and travel, and it was going to get longer. Due to weather issues around the country, flights across the eastern half of the U.S. were delayed and canceled. It was snowing heavily in Denver, where I had just landed to find my connecting flight canceled. I quickly [.]. Influence Leadership Learning Communication influence others focus

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7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

Ron Edmondson

Insecurity always shows up in a person’s life. It can be disguised, but it can’t be hidden. Insecure people, or people who aren’t secure in who they are personally or comfortable with their abilities, display some common characteristics.

Three Power Phrases to Disarm a Verbal Aggressor

The Recovering Engineer

When you feel that you have been verbally attacked, it is incredibly difficult to think of the right words to calm the situation and disarm a verbal aggressor.

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The Best Leaders Carry Flashlights

Kevin Eikenberry

I first remember carrying a flashlight at summer camp. Coming back to the cabin after the campfire would have been pretty treacherous without one. Something got me thinking about flashlights recently. As I thought about them, I realized that as leaders we need to have a flashlight available for a variety of reasons. [.]. Leadership focus vision

3 Self-Limiting Mindsets that Will Hold You Back at Work

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. Garfinkle asks, “What makes one person more successful than another?” Getting Ahead is a straightforward guide to help you eliminate your blind spots to improve how you are perceived, increase your visibility and exert your influence. Great material. The workplace has enough challenges and obstacles without us getting in our own way. But too often, we sabotage ourselves.

Leadership Advice: Getting Others to Follow Your Lead

C-Level Strategies

A few weeks ago I began offering my readers the opportunity to sign up for my new eNewsletter. I set up the process in such a way that when readers subscribe they receive a “thank you” email from me along with a question about what their biggest leadership challenge is.

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The REAL 300 Pound Gorilla

The Leadership Advisor

I had the most interesting dream last night and it wasn’t even from bad pizza. I was on this sidewalk, but it was right next to a field that had a split rail fence. There were different levels to the fields and each level had an animal on it. One level had a gorilla. Another had a bull.

Introducing Evernote for Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I’m a pastor. I love pastors and one of my favorite things to do is help pastors be better pastors. If I can find a tool that will make life easier or more efficient then I want to share it. I’m not a techie.

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What Crabs in a Pot Have to Do with Leadership Presence

Next Level Blog

Last week, I spent an afternoon sparking a conversation on leadership presence with a group of rising leaders in a well known organization. The conversation turned to how difficult it can be to lead. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books executive presence leadership presence Linchpin Seth Godin

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Five Ways to Transfuse Energy into your Team

Kevin Eikenberry

A blood transfusion is a process of receiving blood products into your blood stream intravenously. In the past, whole blood was introduced into the patient’s blood stream. Today, typically, particular blood parts like red blood cells or plasma are injected as needed. In non-technical terms, blood (or blood parts) is injected into someone’s blood stream [.]. Leadership Learning Success Uncategorized

The Key Missing Piece


I just know somehow that you are a good leader. You enjoy what you do, you get results, and you work hard to develop the relationships that will allow you to have an impact on your organization and beyond. I know that if you make the effort to read this blog, you are trying your

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How to Discover and Live Your Leadership Philosophy

C-Level Strategies

So many leaders lead without truly understanding their own philosophy on the art of leadership. Would you say this applies to you?

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Tim Tebow: Unconventional Just May Mean Revolutionary

Chris Brady

As a father I am constantly on the lookout for lessons, stories, experiences, and role models that will be edifying for the development of my children. Several years ago, while he was still a. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Contemporary Leadership Sports

Which Version of the Bible Should I Buy as a Gift?

Ron Edmondson

(This diagram is attributed online to, although I could not find it on their site now.). Every year, especially at Christmas time, one of the most common questions I receive from people in my church and online is “What Bible version should I buy as a gift?”

Not All Metrics Are Created Equal

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. All leaders measure things – the question is are they measuring the right things, for the right reasons, and at the right times?

When Are You At Your Best?

Kevin Eikenberry

One of the first and most influential inspirational speakers I learned of and learned from was Earl Nightingale. Today I reread one of his profound quotations. “We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Setting Goals Success Earl Nightingale engagement happiness

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Does This Culture Make My Leadership Look Phat?

The Leadership Advisor

There are a number of things that point to the quality of your leadership. Often times the most common metrics people use to determine one’s leadership are usually of the operational variety. There is a concern for how successful previous projects were completed.

Make Way for Introverts in Business and Leadership!

C-Level Strategies

I’m an introvert – and a very proud one at that – who has spent her entire career in the world of business and leadership.

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The Impulse Every Leader Must Fight (To Build A Better Team)

Terry Starbucker

I’m sure you’ve all heard this one before: “You Only Have One Chance To Make A Great First Impression” In fact, I bet you’ve heard it hundreds of times. Because it’s true.

5 Things Every Leader Needs to Hear

Ron Edmondson

Sure I’m a leader. So this may appear to be a self-serving post. I understand the risk. The fact that I am a leader, however, gives me a certain credibility in speaking on behalf of leaders. There are certain things that every leader needs to hear that fuel his or her passion for leading.

Don’t Confuse Accountability With Responsibility

Modern Servant Leader

Danger Will Robinson, Danger! One symptom of a leader caving to her own ego is one who begins to confuse accountability with responsibility. Accountability is when you own the ultimate result – pass or fail. Responsibility is when you are the one to deliver the result.

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As the Holidays Approach: How to Avoid Holiday-itis

Kevin Eikenberry

You may not even be aware of the newest quasi-medical malady facing people around the globe. It hits about the first of December each year and impacts people’s attitudes, energy, and productivity for approximately four weeks. Like any other malady, the first step in treatment is diagnosis. I’m sharing the diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development Christmas Holidays New Year’s Day productivity time management

The November 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the November 6, 2011 edition of leadership development carnival! There's no theme this month, no cute nicknames, no commentary, just a straightforward list of 45 of the best posts submitted for your reading pleasure.

The Introvert’s Guide to Boosting Your Career Through Blogging

C-Level Strategies

I have written many times during the past 18 months about how it was my loyal participation in #Blogchat on Twitter, and the encouragement of the #Blogchat Community, that gave me the knowledge and confidence needed to launch my own blog.

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6 Concepts for Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It

Leading Blog

Demand is created in the gaps between what we really want and the goods and services we settle for. Demand creators figure out how to solve the big and little hassles we all face—and they make our days easier, more convenient, more productive, and simply more fun,” writes Adrian Slywotzky in Demand. Slywotzky has identified six insights and behaviors of demand creators: Make it Magnetic. Demand creators begin with a very tough realization: Very Good does not equal Magnetic.

4 Words to Help Discern a Vocational Call to Ministry

Ron Edmondson

Discerning a call to vocational ministry can be a tiring and trying experience. I’ve had the privilege of speaking with numerous young people and couples who are possibly experiencing a call to full-time, vocational missions and ministry.

Building an Adaptable Team: 6 Ideas


Ability to deal with rapid changes and uncertainties on the field is as critical a skill for organizations/teams as it is for the military troops. In military operations, lack of agility can have more serious and rapid consequences. In case of teams, individuals and organizations, the consequences may not be visible in a short term,

One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership by Mike Figliuolo. This new book, focused on the leader as an individual, promotes an important idea with a creative approach. Mike Figliuolo, an accomplished leadership trainer, coach, and speaker, suggests that to be the best leader we can [.]. Books Leadership Learning Success maxims values

Why MANY smart people are not social?

Rajesh Setty

You and I both have met enough smart people who are not social.

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Reminder: The Introvert’s Guide to Success Launches Sunday

C-Level Strategies

I’m looking at the calendar and realizing it’s only two short days until the official launch of my new eBook, “ The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership ,” and I’m simply giddy with anticipation. Why so giddy?